It was a big day for College of the Ozarks Bobcat Baseball, as they captured two victories over Williams Baptist University (Ark.) in Tuesday’s doubleheader, 19-5 and 15-2.
In game one, the Bobcats tallied 19 runs on 18 hits, six walks, and two WBU errors. The WBU Eagles were shut down 1-2-3 by Bobcat sophomore righthander Ozzie Sindland in the top of the first. The Bobcats, on the other hand, saw Max Pulley leg out an infield single to open the bottom of the inning. A Kyle Abrahamson single to shallow center followed, and Jay Kaufman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Following an out, freshman Ryan Daggs (1-4, 1R, 4RBI) launched a grand slam to deep left center to ignite the crowd. The Cats scored one more run in the bottom of the first on a Westin Gann single, Eagles’ error, and stolen base to take a 5-0 lead.
As the game progressed, the Bobcat hits kept on coming. With two on in the second, Jay Kaufman, who was named A.I.I. Player of the Week on Monday for his .625 performance last week, tagged a three-run homer over the left field fence. Kyle Giefer (1-2, 2R, 2RBI) followed shortly thereafter with a two-run bomb to right to put the Bobcats up 10-3 at the close of the second. In the fourth inning, a Pulley (2-3, 3R, 2RBI) triple scored two runs, and singles by Kaufman (3-3, 2R, 4RBI) and Kole Kelley (2-4, 1RBI) drove in two more. Sophomore Bryce Burtless (2-4, 1R, 1RBI) got in on the action, tagging a solo shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, junior Westin Gann (2-4, 1R, 4RBI) took his turn, as he drove the ball over the left field fence for another Bobcat grand slam. Sindland (2-0) picked up the win for the Bobcats, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up three earned runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Senior Isaac Norsic provided relief for the final two innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with no walks and one strikeout.
Game two found the Bobcats continuing to put runs on the board, as they scored 15 runs on 13 hits, 10 walks, and two Eagle errors. While Kaufman was the only Bobcat to hit a homerun in game two, scoring two runs, the longball wasn’t the major source of scoring. Pulley (1-2, 3R, 2RBI) posted a two run-double, Daggs (2-5, 1R, 1RBI) contributed two doubles, and Kaufman (2-3, 1R, 4RBI) added one. The remaining eight hits were singles scattered across the board by Burtless (2-2, 4R, 1RBI), Abrahamson (2-4, 3R, 2RBI), Kelley (2-4, 3RBI), and Kolton Giefer (2-4, 2R, 1RBI), Sean Neal started the game, giving up one earned run in two and two-thirds innings. He allowed one hit, struck out two, and walked four. Senior Ethan Whiteis (2-2) entered in relief with two outs in the second inning to capture the win, pitching two and one-third and giving up no runs on two hits, no walks, and two strikeouts. Andrew Huckaby pitched the sixth giving up just one hit, and Daggs pitched a three-up, three-down seventh to close out the game.
The doubleheader sweep brings the Bobcats’ record to 22-23 on the season. They will head to Fulton, Missouri this weekend to face William Woods University in two doubleheaders.